Going Home Star: Ballet to reconciliation

Going Home Star: Ballet to reconciliation
“The path of vengeance and the path of feathers start and end together. On the path of vengeance I departed. By the path of feathers I arrived.” Kyaanusili Haida Peace Poem It’s incredibly hard to put into words the experience of Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star about Truth and Reconciliation based on the stories ...

The meaning of one

The meaning of one
“I am just one human being.” Dalai Lama In my experience, usually when someone gets a name on tattooed, it’s either a lover or a child.  This one’s a child’s name from a dad who got it done for his daughter when she turned one year old, some twenty years ago.  What was striking to ...

Sex is different in Québec too

Sex is different in Québec too
When we were teens, we often tuned into Radio-Canada hidden camera show Surprise, sur prise ! on Sunday evenings. Like Candid Camera, but not. Growing up Francophone surrounded by Anglophones we were hybrids – neither fully identifying with either. Probably the reality of anyone who straddles more than one culture. One night a gag had ...

My refugee experience

My refugee experience
On a Friday this summer, I received a phone call that set off a chain of unexpected events. A refugee from Iran was arriving the following Wednesday and needed a home. “Why not?” I thought. I’d sort of forgotten that I had volunteered – almost a year back, should the need arise – with a ...

Day into night and everything in between

Day into night and everything in between
“Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.” Donald Knuth This ink weaves a complex story into everyday life. “Well it begins with the sun and the moon to represent each day. Then there a bunch of stories within it. There’s a sundial for a southpaw because ...

Leave the past behind

Leave the past behind
“There is an opportunity for us to renew ourselves. There’s an opportunity for us to leave the past behind and present something different for the future.” Jay Weatherill Sometimes we just need a reminder to live in the now. “I believe you can’t truly know where you’re going in life if you can’t remember where ...

Sometimes it doesn’t matter

Sometimes it doesn't matter
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung Sometimes there’s deep personal meaning to body ink. And other times, not so much. ““Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success,” ran Ernest Shackleton’s want ad ...

Saturday sight: Saturn

Saturday sight: Saturn
This picture was taken Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Jasper National Park, which happens to be a Dark Sky Preserve. It was on a cell phone aimed into a high powered telescope.  Turns out Saturday is named after Saturn, from Latin Saturni dies ‘day of Saturn.  Also the name of the ancient Roman god of ...

Spread the music

Spread the music
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley I loved the retro feel of this tattoo. Turns out its origin was less so. “I actually saw this online, on Twitter I think. I’d wanted a tattoo and when I saw something like this, I thought this was perfect. ...

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs

Saturday sight: Scarborough Bluffs
One of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever experienced in Toronto was the Scarborough Bluffs. Headed back out there this fall for the second time. The view is absolutely breathtaking because you’re so high up on the sand cliffs. This is south of Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough, ON.